A Gillingham woman has come up with a novel way to celebrate Christmas – an Elf Trail around the town.
Lynn Fern is asking local residents and shop owners and businesses to create an eye-catching Elf to display in their garden, store or premises.
Then during ‘Trail Week’ from 16 to 23 December the public will be asked to go around the town armed with an ‘Elf location map’ to spot all the elves and mark which one they think is the best.
Lynn, who works for BUPA care home The Mellowes in Gillingham who are organising it, says that as well as being festive fun the event also aims to get people out walking, and to bring the community together at thus time of year.
‘It’s a reminder to us all to consider our “Elf and Well-being” over the festive season, when we often over-indulge,’ she says. ‘Let’s keep it in moderation and stay safe and bring the community together in this fun and festive competition!’
The event is also being backed by Gillingham Medical Practice.
The deadline for anyone who wants to create an Elf for the trail is 24 November, though the Elf does not have to be completed by then. It should be at least one metre high and can be made of any materials.
‘People in Gillingham are pretty good at this sort of thing, being creative,’ says Lynn.
To enter simply call or text Lynn on 07943 355815 or email [email protected] with their name, telephone number and the location address of where the Elf will be displayed during Trail Week.
Anyone can take part in the trail itself from 16 to 23 December by buying a locator map and entry form for £3 from local stores and schools displaying a poster. These forms will be available from 25 November.
The money will be go towards prizes for the best Elf and also two lucky participants in the Elf trail itself.
The full rules and explanation: